New York: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said that it is incumbent to dismantle the support infrastructure of terrorist organisations as their access to funds, finances and technology enables them to carry out attacks with “impunity”. She said India’s proposal on Comprehensive Convention against International Terrorism (CCIT) will fill in the significant vacuum to combat the scourge of terrorism.
Speaking at the 9th IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) Trilateral Ministerial Commission meeting held Thursday on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, Swaraj called for making the UN counter-terrorism mechanism efficient in listing terrorists and their outfits. She said, “United Nations’ counter-terrorism mechanism should be made efficient in listing terrorists and their outfits. Implementation of FATF (Financial Action Task Force) standards, across all jurisdictions, will strengthen international efforts in addressing terrorism.”
“Terrorism, non-state actors, and illicit financial flows undermine the very cause of development and prosperity. Terrorist organisations use sophisticated equipment, weapons, and ammunition that are financed through illicit and illegitimate sources,” Swaraj asserted.
Adding further, the External Affairs Minister said, “Allowing them access to funds, finances, information, weapons, and technology enables them to carry out attacks with impunity. It is incumbent therefore to dismantle their support infrastructure.”
Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s emphasis on reforming global institutions and his call for “reformed multilateralism”, Swaraj said IBSA countries have been at the forefront on initiating reform of global institutions.
“However, above all these, we three have to ensure that our collective voice is heard clearly in BRICS and other groups on UN Security Council reforms, since if we don’t speak up for our own interest, no else will,” she said.
Swaraj also reiterated India’s willingness to contribute more to Africa, both in security and development cooperation. “We are deeply concerned with continuing tensions on the border between Gaza Strip and Israel. India firmly believes that the dialogue is the only viable option to effectively address the issues in that region,” she said.
Swaraj said the values of democracy, pluralism, multiculturalism, tolerance, social-inclusion, rule-based international order, UN reforms, and shared commitment to 2030 agenda are enshrined deeply in IBSA cooperation.
The IBSA meeting was convened by Brazilian Minister of Foreign Affairs Aloysio Nunes Ferreira Filho and attended by South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu.
The Ministers also discussed IBSA events planned for 2018-19 to mark the fifteenth-anniversary of IBSA. The Ministers agreed to host these events in all three countries as well as on the margins of multilateral events/ fora.
(Inputs from PTI)